greek theatre review

Last night was my first show at the Greek Theatre – an outdoor arena on the Berkeley campus.  I saw R.E.M. and what a great show it was!  As promised, the band played a mix of old and new songs – I love their new album and all of those songs were performed exceptionally well.  A highlight of their set was the song Driver 8, one with words of personal significance, and I wasn’t expecting to hear it.  Other notes: Sold out crowd; the seating was a little tight for the first part of the show (concrete bleachers with spray-painted numbers), but then two people left and that made it more comfortable.  The stage had a high-tech video backdrop, which you can see in pictures here.  Overall, the venue had great sound and sight lines.

There were two opening acts, the National and Modest Mouse.  As a friend predicted to me last year, I really liked the National – enough to record their set tonight and probably buy an album.  The lead singer had great stage presence, and one of the band members plays a mean fiddle.  On the other hand, I was bored by Modest Mouse.  They didn’t do anything to make me interested in what they were playing – no song introductions and the lead singer seemed to yell the words more than sing them (although he had a pretty voice when he did sing).  The only thing I liked about this band was the two drummers, who at times looked like twins or perhaps a mirror image of each other (too bad they weren’t wearing the same shirt).

Going back again to tonight’s show, same bands, but I have a much better seat – a plastic chair instead of the hard concrete, and closer to the stage.  I’ll probably take my camera, since the bag check is cursory at best.


3 Responses to “greek theatre review”

  1. David Says:

    So glad you posted this. N & I love REM and I see they’ll be at the Mann on the 18th. Thinking of going.

  2. Stasia Says:

    You should go. I’d go again in a second.

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